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    Ignoring the elephant in the room: factors contributing to inadequate access to contraception and sources of contraception during novel coronavirus diseases 2019 in South Africa.

    Authors: Obasanjo Afolabi Bolarinwa

    doi:10.1101/2020.09.11.20192849 Date: 2020-09-13 Source: medRxiv

    Background: Evidence have shown that the prescribed lockdown and social distancing due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 MESHD ( COVID-19 MESHD) has made accessing essential health care much more difficult in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Access to contraception is essential and should not be denied, even in the time of a global crisis because it is associated with health benefits. It is paramount to maintain timely access to contraception without unnecessary barriers. Hence, this study examines the factors contributing to inadequate access to contraception and sources of contraception during the COVID-19 pandemic MESHD in South Africa (SA). Method: The first secondary dataset on coronavirus from the National Income Dynamic Study ( NIDS MESHD) conducted in SA during the coronavirus pandemic was employed in this study. This study involved 6,829 respondents. Data was analysed using chi-square and binary logistic regression analysis. Results: Over one-quarter of South Africans could not access contraception and more than every 7 in 10 South Africans preferred public or government hospital as source of contraception. Female South Africans (OR=0.89 CI:0.7487-1.0719) and those aged 65 years above (OR=0.67 CI:0.4485-0.9988) were 33% and 11% respectively less likely to have access to contraception. The preferred sources of contraception were associated with the selected demographic and economic variables at P<0.05. Conclusions: Findings from the study suggests strategies and interventions that will be tailored towards non-obstruction of contraception access during the on-going COVID-19 MESHD or any future pandemic. Moreover, special consideration should be given to certain provinces and those in 3rd quintile of wealth income.

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